Exit right just ahead
Don’t pray from your head but pray from your heart
Have you ever been driving down the road and your mind was so deep in thought that you missed your exit?
I know a couple who were coming home from Halifax and as they were coming by Truro they were talking and they missed the exit to Cape Breton. It wasn’t until they saw the sign, ‘Welcome to New Brunswick’ that they realized they were going in the wrong direction.
They had a great laugh about it later but maybe they shouldn’t have told anybody. After all, confession is good for the soul but bad for the reputation. Imagine, they missed their exit by 60 miles.
In the Bible, Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness. From the wilderness they were to go straight into the Promise Land but they missed their exit and were delayed by 40 years.
Forty years is a long time between their first opportunity and their second opportunity to exit their wilderness …. 40 Years.
How did they miss their destination by that much? Well, their history reveals that they were slaves in Egypt for 400 years and they had been serving the Pharaoh’s from one generation to the next.
Abuse, hurt, shame, and pain were all part of their daily life.
You see it was one thing to take these people out of Egypt but it’s another thing to take the effects of Egypt out of them. The exit sign read, ‘Promise land next right,’ but the pain of their past spoke louder than the voice of Moses who was trying to give them an opportunity for a better future.
Has anyone ever tried to talk to you but the voice of your hurt was too loud for you to hear them? I wonder how many people allow the pain in their history to delay the blessings of their destiny? How many abused children become adults and yes they have left their Egypt but they can’t accept the opportunity to take the ‘Better future just ahead’ exit.
They seemingly are stuck wandering around and around in the wilderness of past mistakes. They truly hope for something far more than what they have but they continually settle for something far less than what God intended for them to have.
We have all been hurt and we have all missed a few exit signs along the road of life but we should not lose hope.
There is an old song in the church, “He brought me out of the miry clay, He sat my feet on a Rock to stay, He puts a song in my soul today, a song of praise hallelujah.”
The He in the song refers to Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. It’s His living powerful salvation that brings us out from our former bondage and it’s His loving gentle Holy Spirit that leads us into the promises of our future.
If you need to talk to Jesus, He’s as close as a prayer away. Please don’t pray from the intellect of your head but pray or cry out to God from the recesses of a hungry heart.
I encourage you to find a good church to attend. Often the hand that God uses to help guide you forward will be found in the person that He places close to you.
You don’t have to keep missing your future because of your past. It’s a new day and my confidence in you is high.
God bless you all.